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Hen Rebel

Hen Rebel
  • Production: Hen Rebel
  • Company: Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
  • Venue: Theatr Sherman and tour
  • Year: 2005
  • Author: Valmai Jones
  • Directed by: Cefin Roberts
  • Lighting Design by: Ace McCarron
  • Costume Design by: Martin Morley
  • Set designed by: Martin Morley
  • Design © Martin Morley
Hen Rebel was the first production that I designed for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru,(The Welsh Language National Theatre). It was a musical based on the 1904 Welsh Religious Revival. It was to tour the main stage of Wales. I had worked with both Cefin Roberts and Valmai Jones previously and so we knew how each other worked. The design and the writing were developed together over a considerable time. The play demanded many locations, from numerous chapels, a railway station, a pub and clothes shop. Pervading it all was the atmosphere of industrial Wales at the turn of the century. The textures of the set suggested the general feeling while more specific information was provided by a framed projection screen which hung high upstage. Furniture was minimal and when not in use was stored on stage.